After scoring a stoppage-time equaliser against Bournemouth, Scott Dann was relieved that his side finally found a way through a resolute defence to clinch a first point of the campaign.
The Palace skipper rose to meet a Jason Puncheon cross and planted a perfect header past Artur Boruc, but he admitted post-match that it seemed as though it was going to be another frustrating in front of goal for the Eagles, who had seen numerous efforts missed, blocked or saved, including a Yohan Cabaye penalty in the first half.
"We thought it was never going to come in the end, we had so many chances in that second half and it didn't seem as though it was going to go in," he said. "We missed chances and had one cleared off the line but thankfully one went in and we ended up with a point.
"At the end of the first half we would have taken that as we weren't good enough and we needed to show more of what we're capable of in the second half.
"There were quite a lot of things we could have done better as a team or as individuals and that's something we'll have to have a look at, but we had a chat at half-time, changed formation slightly and that seemed to help us.
"We got our better ball players on the ball and got some better service up to Christian [Benteke] who was a real handful in the second half and we looked as though we were going to score. It was pretty much a game of two halves."
The Cherries will be sick of the sight of the Palace centre-back who also netted against them last season, but having not scored since February Dann was pleased his long wait for a spot on the scoresheet ended in the final second's of today's game, and thanked the home fans for their never-ending support.
On his goal, he said: "It was nice to see one finally go in, and it was an important one. We needed to put a point on the board today to get our season going and hopefully we can now.
"The fans gave us a bit of a lift as well; we wanted to get something out of the game and kept going and that was down to them and the way they supported us, so it's a big thank you to them as well."